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Profile: Lynne Dodson

Lynne Dodson was sworn into office as Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, on Jan. 5, 2011. Lynne is the first woman to be elected as an executive officer in the history of the Council, which was formed in 1957 with the merger of the Washington Federation of Labor and the Washington Congress of Industrial Organizations Council.

Prior to her election, Lynne was a professor at Seattle Central Community College, President of AFT Local 1789 and First Vice President of AFT Washington. She has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Washington; an M.S. in Community/Clinical Psychology from Cal State Long Beach, and is a graduate of Inchelium High School in Inchelium, WA.

Lynne serves on the boards of the Washington Labor Education and Research Center, the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, the Economic Opportunity Institute, and the Governor’s Commission for National and Community Service.

She has two grown children, Joey and Kia Sanger, and is married to Richard Burton, a political organizer for the Washington State Nurses Association.

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